seraphim

plural noun

ser·​a·​phim ˈser-ə-ˌfim How to pronounce seraphim (audio)
-ˌfēm
1
: an order of angels see celestial hierarchy
2
singular, plural seraphim : one of the 6-winged angels standing in the presence of God

Examples of seraphim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The configuration of wings is different from a seraphim to an archangel. Christian Holub, EW.com, 19 Dec. 2022 From the outside, the car’s low-speed pedestrian alert tone is like the unearthly cooing of seraphim. Dan Neil, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 Supported by a flight of blue seraphim, God presides over an image of the entire world, which the artist has abstracted into concentric circles. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 Against all this, Marwood’s violin dug deep through double stops and soared high with angelic resonance — think many-eyed seraphim, not Precious Moments figurine. BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2021 There are angels, seraphim, cherubim, holy chariots. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin seraphim, plural, seraphs, from Hebrew śĕrāphīm

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seraphim was in the 12th century

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“Seraphim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seraphim. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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seraphim

noun
ser·​a·​phim ˈser-ə-ˌfim How to pronounce seraphim (audio)
plural seraphim
: one of the 6-winged angels standing in the presence of God

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